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UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can create live USB systems and can load a variety of system utilities or install various Linux distributions and other operating systems without a CD.

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UNetbootin version 625 on Windows 7
UNetbootin version 625 on Windows 7
Original author(s)Geza Kovacs
Initial releaseApril 2007; 12 years ago (2007-04)
Stable release
Release 675 [1] / October 4, 2019; 10 days ago (2019-10-04)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC++ (Qt 4)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, OS X, Linux
TypeLive USB
LicenseGNU GPL[2]


USB installEdit

This installation mode creates bootable USB flash drives and bootable USB Hard Disk Drives; it is a Live USB creator.

Multiple installs on the same device are not supported.

Hard drive installEdit

This installation mode performs a network installation or "frugal install" without a CD, similar to that performed by the Win32-Loader.

UNetbootin's distinguishing features are its support for a great variety of Linux distributions, its portability, its ability to load custom disk image (including ISO image) files, and its support for both Windows and Linux.[3] Unlike Wubi, and similar to the Win32-Loader, when installing to hard disk, UNetbootin installs to a partition, not a disk image, thus creating a dual-boot setup between Linux and Windows.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ UNetbootin License and Credits
  3. ^ Geza Kovacs (tuxcantfly). "Install Ubuntu Without a CD". Ubuntu. Retrieved 2007-10-10.

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